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New Government Buildings In Sabah Can Withstand Earthquakes – JKR

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PETALING JAYA: All new government buildings in Sabah are designed and constructed to withstand earthquakes, said Public Works Department deputy director-general (infrastructure sector) Datuk Dr Roslan Md Taha.

He said the JKR set the condition following the earthquake in Ranau last June. That earthquake claimed 18 lives.

The JKR applied the Eurocodes international standard in the construction of government buildings in Sabah beginning this year, he told Bernama.

The Eurocodes are a set of harmonised structural design codes for building and civil engineering works.

“The Eurocodes are applied for the new building of the Royal Customs Department under construction in Kota Kinabalu,” he said.

Meanwhile, JKR Civil and Structural Engineering Branch senior director Kamaluddin Abdul Rashid said the construction of new buildings in peninsular Malaysia adhered to existing standards as the seismic activity was not as strong as in Sabah.

“The tremors in peninsular Malaysia from earthquakes in neighbouring countries are minor and do not pose any danger to the structure of buildings,” he said.

He said all buildings in peninsular Malaysia were safe and could withstand the tremors from earthquakes in neighbouring countries.

— BERNAMA

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